Month: November 2016

Turnitin® Integration in Canvas to be Upgraded over Winter Break

Michigan Tech has a contract with TurnItIn® to use their service. TurnItIn’s OriginalityCheck® helps instructors check students’ work for improper citation or potential plagiarism by comparing it against their text comparison database.  When a file is submitted, TurnItIn (Tii) shows how much of the student’s paper matches content from their databases so instructors can quickly understand how much of the paper is unoriginal.

Turnitin’s integration into the Canvas Assignments tool has been modernized to comply with the current industry standard for these types of integrations: Learning Tools Interoperability, or LTI.  This means TurnItIn will stop supporting our current Canvas-Tii integration at the end of 2016 and Michigan Tech will need to switch over to their new LTI integration.  Read TurnItIn’s official statement covering the change to see the full explanation about how and why this change was initiated by them.

There will not be in gap in user access to Tii in Canvas, but there will be some noticeable interface changes once we make the switch.  The new Canvas-Tii LTI integration makes Tii function as an external tool in Canvas, requiring instructors to choose External Tool as the submission type when creating and editing Assignments in Canvas.  You can watch Tii’s short videos How Instructors Create a Turnitin LTI Assignment and How Students Submit a Document to see these user interface changes first-hand.  The new LTI integration provides for full and easy access to TurnItIn’s additional full suite tools: GradeMark®PeerMarkTurnItIn Rubrics, and their Feeback Studio, along with OriginalityCheck®.  Instructure’s Canvas Guides have already been updated so that instructions for using Tii in Canvas describe using the new LTI integration. You can see How do I enable TurnItIn for an Assignment? for an additional look at what’s to come.

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